Differently-Abled Bowler discovered by Anil Kumble

Published 01/21/2015, 2:30 AM EST
Anil Kumble


India’s highest wicket taking bowler Anil Kumble has been exploring young talent through Spin Stars, a unique talent hunt contest for aspiring spin bowlers in the 10-19 age group across Karnataka.

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In this contest, Anil Kumble has come across a unique talent: a differently abled spinner. The boy, Shankar Sajjan, is just 17 years old and has impressed everyone, including Anil Kumble. Sajjan’s hands haven’t yet fully developed,was not a part of the initial list of players who were shortlisted, but was later added as a special case.

Anil Kumble praised Shankar’s special talent and said his inclusion in the camp is a great source of inspiration for all aspiring spinners in India. Not only that, Kumble has also promised Shankar Sajjan that he’ll sponsor all the required training and education for Shankar.

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“I was really amazed at his spirit,” Kumble told The Indian Express. “We didn’t pick him in the final 20 list but we will be having him in our camp as a special case. This reflects true India. Underlying talent in every walk of life. All one needs is an opportunity. I am glad I could provide one,” Anil Kumble told Indian Express.

Shankar, who has been delighted by this opportunity to bowl under the guidance of Anil Kumble, thanked his uncle for motivating him.

“My uncle Sharan supported me to come for this camp. I’m big fan of Kumble sir and it’s a dream come true. He told me that he will be sponsoring my training and education needs,” he said.

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Gurkirat Singh Gill

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A sports enthusiast since 2003 with my first experience of connecting with sports being the Cricket World Cup 2003. Studying Engineering in Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, University of Delhi, but pretty sure will not become an Engineer.

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